tek's rating: meh and a half

Indian Summer (PG-13)
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This came out in 1993, and I guess I've kind of always wanted to see it, despite not really knowing anything about it. I finally watched it in 2023, and found it rather disappointing. It's not really bad, I guess, but it's a bit boring. It has a decent cast, though.

It's about a (real) summer camp in Ontario, Canada, called Camp Tamakwa, run by "Unca" Lou Handler (Alan Arkin). It starts out with a brief scene in 1972, but most of the story takes place 20 years later, when Lou invites some of the alumni of the camp to come back for a week. I get the impression that they had spent multiple summers there as kids, so they knew each other pretty well, and had kept tabs on each other in later years. (I gotta say, I never got to know anyone nearly so well at summer camps when I was a kid. I wouldn't remember anyone I met.) They include a guy named Matt, his wife Kelly, his cousin and business partner Brad (Kevin Pollak), Matt's former girlfriend Jennifer (Elizabeth Perkins), a guy named Jack (Bill Paxton) who had been kicked out of camp one year, a guy named Jamie, his younger fiancee Gwen (Kimberly Williams), and a widow named Beth (Diane Lane), whose late husband had I guess been a fellow camper back in the day. (I'm afraid I had trouble telling Kelly and Jennifer apart, and telling Matt and Jamie apart. And I had trouble keeping track of all the interrelations between characters.) There's also a handyman named Stick (Sam Raimi), who I guess was the son of the camp's former handyman.

And... there's really nothing I want to say about the plot, any of the stuff that goes on during their week at camp. I just couldn't manage to care about very much of it. But at the same time, I could easily understand some other people liking the movie more than I did. (Or less than I did.) I'm just vaguely glad to have finally seen it. Oh yeah, I did want to mention that pranks are referred to as "shreks", which could be a Yiddish word I suppose, but I find it a bit amusing because of the ogre. Another word that was used in the movie was "Wakonda", a Native American god, which was interesting because it sounds like Wakanda.

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